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[February 27, 2013]

AP Weekly News Calendar

(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Thursday, Feb. 28: VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell to his cardinals and flies off into retirement aboard a helicopter, ending an eight-year pontificate that will go down in history for Benedict's fraught determination that popes can and should resign.


BERLIN _ German bishops hold service marking the end of German-born Pope Benedict XVI's papacy. 1700 GMT.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ U.N. judges deliver their verdicts in the appeal by the former chief of the Yugoslav National Army against his conviction and 27-year sentence for providing crucial military aid to Bosnian Serb forces responsible for the Srebrenica massacre and for a deadly four-year campaign of shelling and sniping in Sarajevo.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti _ Jean-Claude Duvalier is expected to appear before Haiti's Court of Appeals under a judge's strict order that he show up following three earlier no-shows. The hearing will mark the first time that the former dictator known as "Baby Doc" speaks openly in court since criminal charges were filed against him after he returned to Haiti in 2011. Duvalier faces arrest if he doesn't show up in court.

PARIS _ French scientists analyze the embalmed heart of King Richard I, the 12th century warrior whose bravery in battle earned him the name Lionheart. The royal heart, for centuries kept inside a leaky lead box in the Rouen Cathedral, is but a heap of powder. But what's in it After Richard III was found under a parking lot in Britain, this is the latest probe into the remains of a medieval king.

SEOUL _ South Korean peace activists hold a protest in front of U.S. Embassy denouncing the ongoing US-South Korea joint drills, claiming this will further escalate the already heightened tensions between two Koreas.

MOSCOW _ French President Francois Hollande visits Russia for talks expected to focus on bilateral economic ties, the conflicts in Syria, Mali and other international issues.

TOKYO _ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers policy speech largely expected to be on domestic issues but may also touch on Japan's stand on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations -- a region-wide free-trade pact pushed by Washington.

JAKARTA _ Human Rights Watch holds a press conference to launch a report on abuses against religious minorities, such as Christians and minor Muslim sects, in Indonesia in recent years. Hundreds of Christians fled Indonesia between 1996 and 2003, when more than 1,000 churches were destroyed by anti-Christian extremists in the majority Muslim country.

BERLIN _ German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

HAVANA _ Tobacco: It's what's for dinner. A team of Croatian TV chefs whip up main courses, desserts and sauces incorporating the aromatic leaf as an ingredient. It's all part of Havana's 15th annual Cigar Festival, featuring former tennis great Boris Becker presiding as guest of honor.

RIGA, Latvia _ Nordic, Baltic and British prime ministers meet to discuss digital society and green economy at the Northern Future Forum.

DELHI _ India's finance minister presents the much-anticipated new national budget to parliament, outlining a plan to bring the stalled economy back to life and rein in record fiscal and current account deficits. On the same day, India will release GDP and current account results for the quarter ending in December. They are expected to be grim.

BRUSSELS _ The European Union antitrust watchdog's chief Joaquin Almunia delivers speech on current challenges of the bloc's competition policies.

BRUSSELS _ Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti delivers keynote speech at competition policy forum.

MADRID_ Bailed-out Bankia expected to announce massive losses in 2012. Once one of Spain's top banks, Bankia was recently bailed out for 18 billion euros and now best symbolizes the mess left by the crash of the country's real estate sector in 2008. Its former executives, including former Popular Party government minister and IMF chief Rodrigo Rato, are also under investigation for their alleged mismanagement of the entity.

BERLIN _ Federal Labor Agency releases February unemployment figures for Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

FRANKFURT, Germany _ Drug and chemical maker Bayer releases full-year earnings figures for 2012.

BRUSSELS _ The European Investment Bank, which has seen its duties and balance sheet rising over the debt crisis, presents its annual report. 0930 GMT.

MADRID _ Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica presents 2012 fourth-quarter results.

LONDON _ Taxpayer owned Royal Bank of Scotland reports its year-end results and lays out plans for the sale of 25 percent of its stake in a U.S. bank.

MADRID _ Spanish energy company Repsol presents 2012 fourth-quarter results.

BARCELONA, Spain _ Day 4, the final day, of the 2012 Mobile World Congress, the world's largest cell phone trade show.

PARIS _ Nuclear giant Areva reports its full-year earnings.

PARIS _ French utility GDF Suez reports its full-year results.

Friday, March 1: THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ A Dutch court delivers its verdicts in the trial of a woman suspected of involvement in Rwanda's genocide.

CAIRO _ U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Egypt. At some point during visit will meet President Mohammed Morsi and others to talk about Egypt-U.S. relations, Syria, Iran, Israel and Palestine. He is expected to then visit Jordan and West Bank ahead of Obama's Middle East tour that is not expected to include Egypt.

HELSINKI _ Myanmar President Thein Sein visits. Holds talks with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto. Meets former President Martti Ahtisaari.

CAIRO _ Independent trade unions and National Salvation Front hold protest dubbed "I want to work." DETROIT _ Automakers release vehicle sales for February.

OMAHA _ Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reports quarterly financial results after the market close.

Saturday, March 2: BANGKOK _ Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, meets. Through March 14.

Sunday, March 3: BOGOTA, Colombia _ Former President Alvaro Uribe faces a criminal investigation for alleged ties with right-wing death squads. The accusations are not new but come as he has become the public face of opposition to Colombia's peace process.

BANGKOK _ 177 governments will consider and accept, reject or adjust 70 proposals for amending the list of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species at the world's wildlife conference. Through March 14.

BERN, Switzerland _ Swiss voters go to the polls for a referendum on whether to drastically increase company shareholders' rights to limit executive pay. The populist proposal by a maverick manager is opposed by executives and the government.

CAIRO _ Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly that drafted a controversial new constitution.

WASHINGTON _ American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee Annual Conference.

Monday, March 4: KENYA _ Presidential, legislative and local council election in country where tribal rivalries often lead to bloodshed.

VIENNA _ Iran is the focus of a weeklong meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's governing body. The meeting convenes just days after the latest attempt by world powers to wrest concessions from Tehran meant to reduce concerns about its nuclear program.

GENEVA _ Automotive journalists name their European Car of the Year on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, an award that is considered one of the most important in Europe and aims to indicate to consumers the car of the future.

Tuesday, March 5: HANNOVER, Germany _ The world's largest computer expo CEBIT opens to the public. Through March 9.

GENEVA _ Trends in automaking amid the economic downturn and European austerity measures are reflected at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the media on Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 6: WARSAW, Poland _ The French president and German chancellor join leaders from four Eastern European countries for talks in Warsaw.

GENEVA _ The International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers releases global auto production numbers for 2012 on Wednesday at the Geneva Motor Show.

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